Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

River Run No. 20: 171 Beaches Winners

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

River Run No. 20: 171 Beaches Winners

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Gate River Run, Part II:

The honor roll of the top 1,640 finishers at the Gate River Run

included 171 runners from the Beaches. (That tiny type may have

contained others. I did a triple check with 49-year-old eyes.)

Chuck Drayton was once again our top finisher with a time of 51

minutes, 37 seconds, in 59th place overall. Representing 60

percent of their family, Susie, Seth and Casey White won top

honors in my special category: Most Members of a Family in the

Top 1,640, a unique division for a wonderfully unique family.

Billy Hillegass was our top under-18 runner. A week later, he

finished third in the state in a math contest and will represent

Florida at the national competition in Washington, D.C. Running

there is a great treat. He is proof that a strong mind and

strong body go well together.

Dave Hatten took honors as the Fastest Neptune Beach Certified

Public Accountant at 64:05. Joe Burghardt, a pharmacist, talked

shop with me between miles 5 and 6 and still ran a 64:46. My

personal pain level was too high to be verbose. Imagine -- me

unable to talk.

Carol Newby, Richard Silvius and Leo Sheckells completed their

20th River Run. And Peggy Holloway, just 70, took third in her

age group. Bud Whittaker, a mere 75, and Clearance Patten, only

77, were first and third in their age group. They are living

proof that running is a fountain of youth with no monthly

service charge.

Near-perfect running weather, despite the slightly warm

temperature, greeted the 10,000 runners, walkers and juniors

doing the 1-mile run. Higher humidity would have been brutal,

but the dry air was nice. Only one set of Jacksonville Municipal

Stadium restrooms proved an unpleasant shock to many. Taxpayer

money built the place. It should have been thrown open for our

use. …

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